Clothing for Travel

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General Clothing

Look for clothes that will line-dry quickly and are wrinkle free or resistant. Microfiber clothing is great.

Choose things that will mix and match and that you can wear in layers.

Pick comfortable clothing. Most of the time you will be wearing shorts and short sleeve shirts/blouses.  Plan to dress in layers for cooler weather.

Restrictions:

  • No Denim. (Denim is OK at the college, but not in Europe)
  • Nothing with offensive language or pictures.
  • No clothing that shows bare midriffs or excessive cleavage.
  • No mini skirts or short shorts. (Ladies – we will not be seeing your rear end!)
  • No low-rider pants (Gentlemen- we will not be seeing your boxer shorts!)
  • No flip-flops or flimsy sandals. (We do A LOT of walking on cobblestones, gravel and dirt paths.  Many foot injuries have occurred because of poor choices of footwear.)

In general, clothing should be neat, and modest.   The directors will have you change your clothing if they feel it is inappropriate. So don’t waste valuable luggage space.  If you would have second thoughts wearing a piece of clothing in front of your grandparents, leave it home.

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What about the tie for men?

Any tie will do – it should be red, white and blue or at least red and blue.  Design is not an issue.

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What about the blazer for women?

It can be any flag red blazer.  AMA will have suggestions in one of the newsletters.
I also recommend looking at sales at you local department store, Goodwill or Salvation Army Thrift shops, or, if someone from your school has gone on tour previously, they may be willing to part with theirs.  (Many blazers have seen repeated tours!)

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What’s the deal with flip flops and sandals?

We do A LOT of walking, much of it on gravel, dirt or cobblestones, so sandals and flip flops don’t cut it.  In fact we’ve had to deal with numerous foot injuries in the past because of inappropriate footwear.

Bring good supportive and comfortable footwear on tour.  You will be glad you did.

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Where does the Blazer patch go?

Please sew this patch on your uniform blazer’s upper left hand pocket or “over the heart.”

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What do I do with my dirty ESU laundry if no one is coming to pick up my stuff after the concert?

There are washing machines and dryers in the dorm, so you can do a load of laundry after the recording session.

There is no charge for using them, but you will need to supply your own soap (which you will already have for washing clothes while on tour.)

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Head Director

Gary Fink

Symphonic Band Directors

Dan Miller
Milt Lee
Marty Hollister

Concert Choir Directors

Julianna LoBiondo
Penelope Cruz
Taylor Rehe

String Orchestra Director

Dave Beck
Eileen Miller

Jazz Band Director

Gary Fink